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Baked Apples

Monday, 26 January 2015

baked apples
- Apple
- Handful of raisins
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- sprinkling of chopped nuts

One of my favourite things for breakfast or as an after dinner (mid morning, mid afternoon, midnight) snack is a baked apple. It doesn't even make me feel too guilty as it isn't full of refined sugar.
How to::
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees fan
- Cut a circle in the top of the apple (or use a corer if you're fancy) and hollow out the apple with a teaspoon
- Stick the honey and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds
- Mix together the raisins, cinnamon, coconut oil and honey
- Stuff the coated raisins into the hollowed out apple
- Place on a baking tray in an oven and allow to cook for 20 minutes

By this point the skin of the apple should be a bit crinkly and brown in colour, when you poke the apple (so technical) is should feel a little soft. Add a sprinkling of chopped nuts and drizzle with honey. That's it, so simple and ready in a jiffy. I'd love to see your pics, I'm on Instagram with the hashtag #lisettelovescooking
Love Lisette x
baked apple

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, 22 January 2015

thankful thursday 22 01 15
Happy Thursday people! How is everyone this week? I feel like this week has absolutely dragged and I'm so glad that tomorrow is Friday because I'm off to see Hozier in Birmingham with Irish. I'm hugely looking forward to it and glad for a weekend with Irish where neither one of us is poorly! We did have a lovely Saturday morning last weekend where we pottered down to the Imperial War museum and grabbed lunch at borough market which was rather lovely. This week I am thankful for:
{Early Nights}
This week I have been making a concerted effort to go to bed before midnight - might not sound impressive but for a regular night owl that can happily watch Netflix until 2am - it's actually quite an accomplishment! I definitely feel more energetic.

{Pasta sobriety}
I know it sounds mad but I am a recovering pasta addict. I would happily have eaten it for every meal, every day. I thought moving to the big smoke would mean that I lived on pasta and cheese but when I went into the cupboard this evening for dinner I actually brushed dust off my packet of pasta. I'm really thankful for discovering life outside of pasta ha!

I am really loving getting organised. Getting a proper schedule planned for this space. Makes me feel really happy and in control. Scheduling is absolutely crucial when you have a full time job!

What is everyone thankful for this week - I love hearing about your thankful Thursdays and all the good and happy things going on in your lives. 
Love Lisette x

Changing the way I eat

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

anthropologie hemlsey and hemsley

Towards the end of last year you might’ve seen me airing my desperation about the discovery of white hairs. At 23 and with no genetic predisposition to going grey early I was working my fingers to the bone frantically googling to try to work out what was wrong with me. Why was I going grey, nay white, and why had my immune system collapsed? Stress and diet seemed to be two factors which cropped up time and time again. After three years of indulgence at University rather than 3 weeks as you'd expect at Christmas I decided to put my health ahead of my sugar cravings and start eating in a more balanced way. This isn’t me talking about how to lose weight, or talking about miracle cures it's me getting my body balanced.
Protein, water and veg. Three things I was drastically bad at including in my diet and often substituted with pasta, pasta and mash. Including eggs, red meats and more poultry, changing my diet has left me with far more energy and swapping pasta for quinoa and bulgur wheat has left me feeling less bloated. When Anthropologie sent me the Hemsley + Hemsley cook book I sat down and read it cover to cover. It is hands down the best cookery book I have ever read. The first 25 pages go into real depth about the foods which are good and bad for you – they even promote eating full fat dairy and cooking with butter – against anything I’ve ever been told before! Reading this was a revelation and I couldn’t recommend it more. I decided to give it a go and try out one of their breakfast recipes as I now make a real effort to have breakfast daily.. here are their wonderful any time eggs. 

1 large egg
1 tablespoon of butter
1 small red onion diced
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 orange pepper sliced
1 handful of cherry tomatoes roughly chopped
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 large handful of kale
1 small handful of feta
Dash of paprika

- Heat the butter and fry the onions, garlic and paprika.
- After 5 minutes add the kale and pepper
- Add the chopped tomatoes and balsamic vinegar
- Bring to the simmer and add a tablespoon of water if needed
- Push the vegetables aside and crack the egg into the gap
- Cook until the white has set
- Sprinkle over some feta and enjoy

It really is such a quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner and is great with a crusty bit of sourdough. I’d really like to hear about how your diet has impacted you and if changing it has made a significant difference in your life?
Love Lisette x

New Year Style Resolutions

Sunday, 18 January 2015

new year style resolutions
So when I said I wasn't going to have resolutions for 2015 I realised that this didn't extend to my wardrobe. Living in London means that I've inadvertently found myself living on a budget, no more cheeky weekly Asos orders and trips to H&M so I am trying to buy less but better quality. Particularly with things like bags, jumpers and jewellery because these are things I like to last. I bought a jumper from Zara (which for me is on the pricey side) about 6 months ago and I wear it at least twice a week. Proof that paying a little extra really is worth it. So 2015 is the year that I ditch the quantity and go for the quality - what is yours?
Love Lisette x

                                      1 :: Asos leather skirt
                                2 :: H&M jumper
                                 3 :: Topshop scarf
                                 4 :: Narrative ring
5 :: Cos dress
             6 :: Nike free runs 5.0
                          7 :: Links of London necklace
          8 :: Whistles satchel

Thankful thursday

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Happy Thursday folks! I had a sad moment last night where I was genuinely convinced that today was Friday.. alas - the weekend is a day further away than expected. How is everyone this week and I alone in thinking this weather in London is fabulous - such gorgeous blue skies and frosty air?! As you can tell, today is a good day and this week I am thankful for:

Generally I'm not a stickler for new year resolutions but I have made the decision that 2015 is the year that I, Lisette Henry (cereal -see what I did there- breakfast skipper) will eat breakfast every day. To be honest I hate having to get up earlier to fit it in but I feel so much more lively. It's really putting me in a better mood so for any of you doubters.. don't!

{Getting back to the gym}
After being ill pretty much all through December my lungs haven't been able to cope with any form of exercise so I eased myself back into the gym today and unbelievably I realised I actually missed it! Crazy I know!

{Grapefruit & Steak}
Not together.. I'm not deranged! I have discovered that I love both grapefruit and steak this week - previously uncharted territory but I'm branching out and I'm loving it!

It seems like a short list but in all honesty I feel really content this week so there's almost too much to feel thankful for. I hope every one else is having a nice week too?
Love Lisette x

A walk by the canal

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

a walk by the canal
bag - Mango ℅ House of Fraser | boots - h&m | jumper - Zara | scarf - Topshop
One thing I love about being back in the shire is being able to drive for two minutes and be strolling along a canal in three! Me and Irish decided to take a walk along the locks late on Saturday afternoon, the light was so beautiful we couldn't resist taking a few snaps.
Did everyone else have a lovely weekend?
Love Lisette x

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, 8 January 2015

thankful thursday 8 jan 15
Good evening folks - it's Thursday again! I am finally starting to feel a little more human after a few weeks of being riddled with illness. Despite not having the best festive period I feel incredibly thankful, why I hear you ask? Here's why:

Irish:: I Honestly cannot tell you how amazing he was - I feel like it's appreciation week. He had a week off between Christmas and New Year and instead of spending it doing fun things or relaxing he spent it looking after me. I'm talking 24 hour care, very little sleep and being the loveliest specimen there ever was. I would probably still be ill if he hadn't looked after me.

Restraint:: Whilst I didn't manage to restrain my appetite over Christmas I did manage to restrain my urge to shop. It will shock you to know that I haven't purchased any sale items, or even looked at the January sales.. I am quite pleased with myself and very thankful too (so is my bank balance).

Find Your Word::  Two days ago I started this lovely five day free e-course called Find Your Word, it is less about setting the 'get skinny' resolutions and focuses on changing the way you approach the coming year. Thank you very much to my girl Tori for sharing this with me!

Antibiotics:: I am so thankful that penicillin has taken me from elephant man to almost normal!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their first full week of 2015 - I am certainly looking forward to the year ahead and I will be sharing my word once I've completed the five day course. I think I'm going to get it printed up and put on my wall to remind me every day. What is everyone thankful for this week?
Love Lisette x

Cheats apple crumble

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

cheats apple crumble
When you're not feeling on top form what you want is quick food. I got ill on Christmas day and I am still ill now which is a new record. Poor Irish spent a week in London with me and we left the house maybe twice to get a coffee before he did something drastic like shave his head and become a scientologist.. I jest, but serious cabin fever up in hurrrr. I stumbled upon the idea of a cheats apple crumble in the early hours of the morning when I wasn't able to sleep and thought I would give it a go. Admittedly not the prettiest thing to look at but dayum it tasted good and it took about 3 minutes in the microwave - it is also coincidentally vegan - I think!

1 apple skin on (or off)
1/2 tbs coconut oil (or butter)
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp flour/cornflour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
(I also added 1/2 tsp ginger)

2 tbs coconut oil (or butter)
2 tbs brown sugar
2-3 tbs of oats
2 tbs plain flour
1 tsp nutmeg/cinnamon

Crumble First:
- Mix together all the ingredients and put to one side

Apple filling:
- Dice the apple, add the butter and place into a microwaveable dish with enough room for the apple to expand. I would use a large apple.
- Microwave on high setting for one minute
- Mix together the dry ingredients and coat the hot apple in it

Coming together nicely..
Once you've put your topping - which should have a crumbly consistency - over the apple it's ready to go back into the microwave. I put mine in for about two minutes but time will vary depending on the microwave and how well done you'd like your apples. I watched mine like a hawk from one minute to be on the safe side though.

By this point it should be bubbling, nice and gooey and ready to eat.. the perfect one person portion of crumble.

I thought this was quite a novel little way of making crumble just for you, quick and easy with ingredients from your cupboard. I used coconut oil which meant that it was suitable for vegans but that's simply because that's what I had in my cupboard. I hope this perks up your day - what's even better is that it could be made at work if you have a microwave - you'd be the envy of the office and it would brighten up a January lunch time.
Love Lisette x
p.s. If you like a good 'cheat' I also have a cheats pizza!

Thankful Thursday : a look back at 2014

Thursday, 1 January 2015


Now it seems like just yesterday that I first put pen to paper with the date 2014. Now that date is history and I've got to readjust to a whole new year all over again! This year has undoubtedly been one of the greats so far - along with its share of trials and tribulations. I thought I would take this opportunity to look at the bigger picture - what have I been thankful for in the year 2014?

:: London ::
I was lucky enough to move down to one of the best (in my opinion) cities in the world this year. Not only that, I got the chance to move back in with some of my favourite people from University. This is my first real grown-up flat where we are conscious of tea towel hygiene and non-bio Vs bio detergents.. you know serious grown up things!

:: Irish ::
Well I really am a lucky one. At the start of 2014 I was lucky enough to meet a tall gent known to you guys as Irish. I don't want to get too soppy on y'all but I couldn't be more thankful to have met such a lovely man. Mumma H says 'he's a keeper' and she's right about everything.

:: Job ::
As well as moving down to London I also started a new job in the city working for the lovely folks at MoneySavingExpert. The people are lovely and it is really rewarding to work for a man that genuinely cares about the causes he supports.

:: Knees :: 
Might seem like a crazy thing to be thankful for - I envy you people who have a sturdy set of knees - I have had extremely bad knees over the last three years (first one and then the other). It is nice to finally have a year where I feel like my knees are strong enough to withstand a full flight of stairs!

:: Food ::
Another great thing about moving to London is moving to the the foodie capital of the country. My eyes are being well and truly prised open. I'm moving further and further away from my 'safe' pasta based food choices and trying new and exciting food every week. If broadening my food horizon isn't something to be thankful for I don't know what is!

:: This place and you guys ::
Ever the cliche. This place is always the consistent thing in my life and it has been since I started it up two and a bit years ago. It's a place to take refuge, a place to rant and a place to share things with my family, friends and all the internet friends I've made on the way. Thank you so much for your kindness and support over the last 12 months - you guys really make this all worthwhile!

I guess all that is left is to wish you a very happy new year. I hope that 2014 gave everyone things to be thankful for or the resolve to be thankful more often and learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. Every week I receive emails, messages, comments and tweets about my Thankful Thursday tradition. I whole heartedly believe that taking this time every week to be thankful has made me a more conscious and grateful person. I am thankful for Thankful Thursdays. I hope you are too and here's to another great year.
Love Lisette x

Lisette Loves :: Nutella Hot Chocolate

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

lisette loves nutella hot chocolate
Now there is one thing I do take very seriously and it's my hot chocolate. None of this gross watered down nonsense I want a hot chocolate you could almost hold upside down over your head. This is a simple but delicious take on your standard hot chocolate.
- 1 tablespoon of nutella / hazelnut spread
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder - the darker the better
- almond milk or milk not water
- marshmallows
It is really simple, heat the milk in a saucepan, add a little of the heated milk to a jug with the chocolate spread and the cocoa powder to create a paste. Doing it this way will stop you getting horrid lumps of chocolate. Add this to the rest of the heated milk and whisk. The longer you keep it over the heat the thicker it will get. So simple, but so tasty. Nutella hot chocolate for all you hazelnut lovers! Let me know if you try it, tweet or instagram me a photo? Thought this would be the perfect post-Christmas pick me up, and ideal for those who prefer to stay in on a New Years.
Love Lisette x